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Why the DPA Won’t Cure Covid-19’s Supply Shortages

All over the world, healthcare workers face a critical supply shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) which prevents cross-contamination between caregivers and patients. Life-saving ventilators are in short supply.  It’s inconceivable that in 2020, the richest country in the world cannot produce enough masks, gowns, shields and equipment in response to the Covid-19 pandemic for…

cloud, digital transformation

Supply Chain Embraces the Cloud to Drive Digital Transformation

Companies managing their supply chain operations face the challenges of growing complexities of the global economy, the continuous rise in e-commerce and increasing customer expectations. To help confront these challenges and keep pace with customers’ needs, companies increasingly understand the importance of digitally transforming their supply chain to increase flexibility, visibility and reduce costs. According…

Covid-19, supply chain

AI & Automation Aid Supply Chain in Wake of Covid-19

The reality of Covid-19 has settled into the electronics supply chain as shipment delays, labor shortages and flight cancellations have upended global logistics. Although the tech industry has improved supply chain resilience, new technologies are gaining traction as the coronavirus spreads. The previous weeks have focused on Chinese supply as manufacturing slowly recovered across the…

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Quick Sourcing Tips for Electronics and Electrical Systems

As an electronics sourcing specialist, your goal is undoubtedly to receive the best results from your suppliers. Purchasing electronics and electrical systems brings challenges, but these tips could improve your outcomes. Vet your electronics manufacturing services partners carefully An electronics manufacturing services (EMS) partner handles aspects related to the design, testing and building of electronics…

Procurement Faces More Challenges Than Ever: Exclusive Report

Global procurement professionals are facing more challenges than ever — tariffs, trade wars, environmental regulations and patent/IP protection. Fortunately, they are up to the task. Worldwide, electronics purchasing managers have an average of 16 years on the job, according to EPSNews’/Aspencore’s first global procurement study. They work more than 40 hours a week; spend a…

Flex Announces Lynn Torrel as Supply Chain Chief

Flex (NASDAQ: FLEX) today announced that Lynn Torrel has been named chief supply chain and procurement officer, responsible for direct and indirect materials, transportation and logistics, business operations, materials management, and strategic supply chain management. “Having a supply chain and procurement expert of Lynn’s caliber join our team will help Flex continue to innovate our…

The Trouble With Extroverted Execs (and the Upside of Introversion)

Extroverts command attention. They inspire confidence and always make a great first impression. That’s part of why ‘extrovert’ and ‘executive’ have become almost synonymous. There’s no denying that extroverts excel at winning over stakeholders. Recent research suggests, however, that charismatic, energetic extroverts might not always excel at driving results. A new study identifies a link…

Direct vs. Indirect Supplier Management: A Closer Look

Back in the day, when factories served as the templates for developing business processes, the distinction between direct and indirect procurement spending was pretty straightforward: direct spend was focused on the things that went into your product – raw materials, components, subcontracted manufacturing services, and so on. Indirect spend, which some have leeringly referred to…

High Tech Weighs Risks & Rewards of Moving Beyond China

Country-of-origin adjustments can help U.S. high-tech companies minimize geographical risks and mitigate the impact of tariffs. But the strategy can be costly, complicated and risky; and a decision that’s not easily undone. Tariffs are not going to just disappear, market experts say. Even with a delay on certain Chinese-import tariffs, the likelihood of a cease…